If the Eagles don’t use their first-round pick on EJ Manuel, they are not going to land him. That’s the feeling of one league source close to the situation, who says a couple teams are showing significant interest in the Florida State signal-caller.
“I think the media is pretty far off as far as where they have EJ right now,” the source said.
Quarterback EJ Manuel is doing a weekly diary here on Birds 24/7 as we count down to the draft. In this installment he writes about his visit to Philadelphia, and his emotions with the draft less than a week away.
EJ Manuel says the Eagles are one of the teams showing him the most love. Plus, Jon Gruden on Tavon Austin and two more pre-draft visits to catch you up on.
Plus, Ron Jaworski ranks the quarterback class, and Jon Gruden says one QB might just be the sleeper of the draft.
Earlier this week, we discussed the possibility of the Eagles trading down out of the No. 4 pick.
And while many believe teams at the top of the first round will have a tough time drawing significant offers, ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. thinks the Eagles will get some calls.
“You’re going to get offers because it’s not costly to be up there,” Kiper said. ‘It’s a case where there’s going to be some hot players, and the hot players are going to be those left tackles. Everybody seems to want to go up and get those guys. After [Luke] Joeckel goes, if he goes one, that’s going to make Eric Fisher and Lane Johnson two possibilities for teams that are going to look to move up.”
The Eagles held a private workout for quarterback EJ Manuel Thursday in Tallahassee, FL.
Quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor was the lone team representative, per a source. The entire session was taped, so others in the organization will have a good understanding of how everything played out.
The latest Eagles draft buzz, including notes on Geno Smith’s journey to the NFL, Chip Kelly’s interest in Arizona’s Matt Scott and Mike Mayock on EJ Manuel.
PHOENIX — Plenty to come on Chip Kelly‘s hour-plus session with reporters at the coaches breakfast this morning.
First to some news that came out of it:
Kelly confirmed that the Eagles will hold a private workout with quarterback EJ Manuel. According to his agent, it will take place on Thursday the 28th in Tallahassee. Manuel, who held his pro day at Florida State on Tuesday, also has workouts scheduled with Buffalo (Saturday) and Jacksonville (Monday).
Jason Peters should be available when the Eagles begin practicing, Kelly said. The first three-day minicamp, allotted to teams with new head coaches, is expected to be held in the third week of April.
Quarterback EJ Manuel will be doing a weekly diary here on Birds 24/7 as we count down to the draft. It should be a very cool feature and we’re excited to have him.
As it just so happens, his first entry comes on the heels of Mike Mayock declaring Manuel the second best quarterback in this draft class, moving him past Matt Barkley. That’s where we started the Q&A: